The eternal problem of luxury handbags is that the best pieces from the best brands always disappear in a heartbeat. When those pieces are also limited edition, the problem gets even worse. Hesitate for a second, and your perfect bag might be lost forever – but it doesn’t have to be.

That’s where our friends at Portero come in. As we mentioned last week, Portero is an industry-leading source for rare, pre-owned and vintage designer handbags and accessories, and I was blown away at some of the hard-to-find things that they have available on their website, in addition to scads of ultra-covetable regular production bags like Hermes Birkins and Chanel Classic Flaps. The variety continues to impress, and “easily impressed” is not a way that most people would describe me.

We thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the rarest, hardest-to-find pieces that Portero has in its enviably inventory, and some of the things we found surprised even us. From vintage, limited edition Louis Vuitton to a number of Hermes and Chanel collector’s items, check out our favorite finds below. If you’re ready to find a treasure of your own, head straight to Portero to begin your search.

Hermes Club Birkin
$22,500 via Portero


Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Alligator Mirage Griet Bag
$9,550 via Portero


Chanel Vintage Limited Edition Wood and Leather Handbag
$3,700 via Portero


Louis Vuitton Limited Edition 1995 LV Cup Shoulder Bag
$680 via Portero


Hermes Limited Edition Kelly Wicker Picnic Bag
$27,500 via Portero


Chanel Limited Edition Karl Lagerfeld Sketches Classic Flap
$2,895 via Portero


Chanel Vintage Gold Bar Clutch
$5,900 via Portero


Chanel Limited Edition Scarf-Woven Lambskin Classic Flap Bag
$3,998 via Portero


Hermes Kelly in Red Waffle Box Calf
$9,750 via Portero

I’ve shared my love for Spanish brand Loewe before, and this love continues to grow. It’s frustrating not to be able to go see these bags in person like I can with many other designers, but in a way, that just helps my love grow – absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all. The Loewe Amazona is the most recognized design from the brand, and this ladylike satchel packs a major style punch. The bag is beautiful enough to stand on its own, and it does just that, in a variety of colorways and materials.

When I saw Loewe created a limited edition Barroco line, I was intrigued to find out how they would integrate this into the Amazona. The answer is subtly and seamlessly. The Loewe Amazona exterior is made with a sturdy yet beautiful cowhide while the inside features a soft Napa leather with baroque details stamped onto the leather. The padlock is the only other outside showing of the baroque details, but it is so small yet simply delightful. The light green and lilac options feel romantic and alluring all at once. The price for the Amazona starts at $2,600.

October isn’t only the first full month of fall and the month of Halloween; in the US, it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, were cancer charities and brands team up to celebrate both breast cancer survivors and those who have lost their battles with the deadly disease. Not only that, but collaborations between charities and designers raise important resources and awareness for our ongoing fight to rid the world of breast cancer once and for all.

We here at PurseBlog always love it when our shopping dollars can go the extra mile and help a cause larger than ourselves, so we thought we’d round up a few fashionable, charitable items so that we can splurge for a good cause before Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over. You have two weeks of shopping time left to ensure that your dollars still go to cancer research and awareness, and if you need some ideas, we’ve assembled a few of the best limited-edition options for you after the jump. (more…)

For a department store like no other in the world, any ol’ anniversary celebration just doesn’t cut it. Where most companies might be tempted to celebrate 75 or 100 or 120 years in business, Bergdorf Goodman has saved up all its celebratory energy for a singular date befitting a singular store, and this year, its feting its 111th anniversary with a whole host of special goodies, all the way from special shopping bags to custom iPhone cases to limited edition bags, shoes and clothes from some of the world’s most sought-after designers. When we heard who would be contributing purses to the effort, we couldn’t wait to see how they’d turn out.

The collection recently launched on BergdorfGoodman.com, and with handbags from Gucci, Fendi, Chloe, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Nancy Gonzalez, VBH and Judith Leiber, there are plenty of heavy-hitting limited editions to choose from. Some of them, like the Gucci totes with the Bergdorf facade embossed on the front, are already sold out, but my personal favorites – the Balenciaga convertable tote and the purple Proenza Schouler PS11 – are still up for grabs. Check out the handbags after the jump or shop the full selection of 111th Anniversary pieces via Bergdorf Goodman. (more…)

In case you hadn’t heard, Grace Coddington, the unsung hero of Vogue herself, is also the world’s most elegant cat lady. Step aside, Choupette Lagerfeld – Pumpkin Coddington is fashion’s new favorite cat, and he’s being feted by a capsule accessories collection from Balenciaga, in collaboration with his fabulous owner. For a pet, it hardly gets more fashionable or luxurious.

The Grace Coddington for Balenciaga Pumpkin Collection will launch on Fashion’s Night Out, and it’ll include the Balenciaga Pumpkin Paper Tote, $1000, seen above. The bag, which also comes in ecru canvas in addition to this shade of, well, pumpkin, features Coddington’s drawings of her cat wearing seminal Balenciaga runway looks from the past 10 years. A silk twill scarf, $395, and a fringed wool and silk scarf, $495, will also be made in the print. These pieces are quirk for a good cause, though – 20% of proceeds will go to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. I can’t help it, I think the bag is kind of cute, particularly since the funds will go toward helping animals. What do you think?

The start of the 2012 London Olympic Games is only days away, and for this year’s games, more designer brands than ever are pitching their hats into the ring to wish the athletes well and get a few of those sweet Olympic revenue dollars. While brands like Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney and Armani have taken an official stake in what the athletes of their respective countries will wear during various parts of the Games, even more designers have come out with unofficial tributes. For example, virtually every British designer under the sun has released a Union Jack handbag of some sort.

Miu Miu, on the other hand, has decided to remind us that the Olympics are a meritocracy. Instead of producing pieces to support its home country, the brand’s Olympic pieces reference the outstanding athletic achievement that the Olympics celebrate with a limited edition series of gold, silver and bronze handbags, shoes and accessories. Want to get your hands on them? It might be tricky – they’re only available at select London Miu Miu boutiques. Check out the bags and accessories after the jump. Interested in the footwear? Head on over to our sister site TalkShoes for the scoop. (more…)

For a handbag collector, having a one-of-a-kind bag from your favorite brand is something you always hope to be able to do. Getting the opportunity, though, can be costly. Most major firms will make certain bespoke items for their VIP clients, but attaining that status requires a long history of major purchases before the privilege of buying such a bag is even granted, not to mention that the bags themselves usually cost well above the brand’s other pieces because of the costly process of producing a one-off design.

If you’d like to skip that and merely shell out the back-breaking price for a piece that no one else will have, you might want to get in contact with Gucci’s Seoul flagship store. Gucci recently revamped the location, and to celebrate, the brand launched both the Gucci Bamboo Crocodile Satchel above, a one-off piece priced at approximately $23,000 US, and a special line of Flora bags and accessories featuring the national flower of Korea, the Mukunghwa. Check out some of those pieces after the jump! (more…)

Well, this is strange. Or at least I think it is; you guys can be the final judge. To celebrate the global Fashion Weeks (which kick off today – everyone say a little prayer for me and my sanity) this season, Miu Miu is launching a grand total of 46 one-of-a-kind bags starting with 16 at the brand’s Prince Street boutique in New York. The bags went on sale this morning, with the remaining 30 showing up in London, Milan and Paris over the next few weeks.

All of the designs are a variation on the same theme – a small, ladylike satchel with an oversized frame that made its debut on the Spring 2012 runway. The materials vary from printed wovens to studded crocodile and the prices go from $1495 on up, but I’m not sure that there’s a single bag in this group on which I’d spend the money, not even for something one-of-a-kind from one of my all-time favorite designers. Check out the New York bags after the jump. (more…)

I would love to bring more Loewe designs to our readers, but the brand remains hard to gather information from online. Never fear, PurseBlog always finds a way and today I am presenting the perfect spring collection. Meant to coincide with the Cherry Blossom blooms, Loewe introduces their limited-edition Cherry Blossom Collection which symbolizes the arrival of spring, good luck, and eternal love.

Playing off floral patterns and pink and white hues, the collection is beautifully alluring and feminine. Of course the Amazona bag, a Loewe classic, is integrated into this line with semi-perforated flowers as the main decoration. The pink packaging is exclusive to this collection as well. What do you think of this limited edition line from Loewe? More photos after the jump!

It’s not every day that I wake up and find photos of bags like the Lulu Guinness Fan Clutches waiting to greet me in my inbox, but every now and then, I get lucky and beautiful bags just appear. Yesterday was one of those days, and to make the whole thing even better, these clutches are here for a good cause.

Lulu Guinness partnered with British visual artist Rob Ryan to create the one-off collaboration that you see above. The clutch, which is signed by both Guinness and Ryan, is currently being auctioned off via eBay to benefit African AIDS charity ASAP. If it’s not your style, Guinness has also released two other handmade fan clutches in very limited editions, inspired by former model Sophie Dahl and singer Paloma Faith. Pictures of those are after the jump. (more…)

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